Scurvy is a health condition that can be experienced in people with a deficiency of Vitamin C that is also known as ascorbic acid in their bodies. In the ancient days, it said that this health condition was mainly common in sailors among other people who lacked access to fresh fruits and vegetables for longer durations of time. Even though it cannot be said that the condition mainly thrives in sailors, Scurvy is still very prevalent in those states where people are not able to access fresh fruits and vegetables.
The main reason why those who are not able to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables are at higher risk of developing scurvy is that ascorbic acid is mainly obtained from fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps in the development of tissues, facilitation of the metabolism of fats and lipids, immune function and also healing of wounds.
When looking at Scurvy, it is also vital to take note of the fact that there are recommendations on the amount of Vitamin C that a person is able to take in a diet. However, you will be able to learn more about that from the rest of this article.
Scurvy is said to be mostly prevalent in children and young people. However, in certain countries, this may not be so. For instance, in England, scurvy is not very prevalent in children. Despite all these, it should be noted that scurvy is able to affect anyone without regard to gender, age, color or race.